Crime & Punishment Wed, 7 Jan 2015

Sodomy victim to continue cross-examination

The 16-year-old Senior High School student, who is alleged to have been sodomized by Dr. Sulley Ali Gabass, Senior Medical Officer at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi, will continue his cross-examination on Wednesday, January 7.

The case was heard in camera, and it was the third time the victim appeared at the Accra Gender-Based, Violence Circuit Court, presided over by Mrs Rita Agyeman Budu.

At its last sitting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Aidan Dery, told the court that the accused person resided in Takoradi in the Western Region.

DSP Dery said in September last year, the victim became Dr Gabass’s friend on facebook, a social media platform, and they chatted on line and on the cell phone.

The prosecution said In October last year, Dr Gabass arranged and met the victim at Kasoa New Market, where he had anal sex with him in his car in front of a Bank.


DSP Dery said on December 28, last year, at about 1900 hours, Dr Gabass met the victim at the same spot, had another anal sex with him, and gave him a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone and 20 Ghana Cedis.

The Prosecution said the victim fell ill and when he informed Dr Gabass, he prescribed paracetamol tablets for him.

DSP Dery said Dr Gabass had three more anal sex with the victim, and after the fifth encounter, the victim started experiencing excruciating pains and complained to the accused person who gave him money to receive medical treatment but the victim did not go for the treatment.

The prosecution said when the victim’s condition worsened, he was sent to the Ahmadiyya Mission Hospital where he was referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for further treatment.

The prosecution said, when the accused person was informed about the victim’s plight, he sent 800 Ghana Cedis through the victim’s elder brother, to cater for his hospital expenses.


DSP Dery said, Anal Fistula and Anal Rectal Abscess surgical operations were performed on the victim, and that it was during this time that he was diagnosed HIV positive, and he mentioned Dr Gabass as the one responsible for the ailment.

The prosecution said, while on admission, a witness got wind of the matter, and interviewed the victim, conducted background checks on the accused person, who was also interviewed.

In secret recordings, Dr Gabass allegedly confessed having anal sex with the victim.

Following media publications, the Police initiated investigations into the matter and the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit in Sekondi arrested Dr Gabass.

During Police interrogation, Dr Gabass admitted knowing the victim as a friend, but denied having anal sex with him.

Source: GNA